Image Courtesy of The White Box
Holidays are most definitely about doing the things we love, pampering ourselves, relaxing and having the time of our lives. So, if you absolutely love shopping, then you simply must go shopping in Port Pollensa, and if the town is too small for your shopping holiday needs, then take on the whole island, move about, go to Pollensa, Alcudia and best of all, Palma, a trendy cosmopolitan capital city with shops of every size shape and colour.
From high street fashion to designer brands, basket ware, glass and leather goods and home furnishings, there's a whole island worth of shopping fun to be had in Mallorca and your shopping holidays in Port Pollensa begin at Hotel Mar Calma.
The shops in Port Pollensa are primarily catered to summer holidays and as such cover all your beach needs, sun creams and cosmetics, sun hats, sun glasses and beach wear, sandals and summer shoes, boating kit, sail and watersports clothes, hats and accessories, beach bags and jewelry.
There are also a couple of very stylish clothes shops and several trendy clothes and accessories boutiques. For specialist kits there are cycling shops, surf shops and sailing shops, which cover everything from boat shoes to boats.
On your shopping holidays in Port Pollensa you are most likely looking to buy things to wear and use while you are here, yet there are also many food and wine shops, delis and supermarkets for staples and local delicacies.
Shopping holidays in Port Pollensa are not complete without delving into Mallorca artisan and island made produce, sampling its organic almond and olive oils and tasting its amazingly good wines.
Artisan shopping in Mallorca comes in the shape of Mallorca pearls, tailored clothes and leather goods as well as glass, basket and cloth. The leather factories in Inca have since moved away but the outlets remain and offer unique Mallorca designer goods. You can still visit the pearl and glass ware factories and see the local artisans at work.
The Port Pollensa weekly market takes place every Wednesday morning in the main square in front of the church. Here you will find fruit and vegetables, Mallorcan bread, cheese and olives, flowers, herbs and spices, baskets and local crafts as well as lots of imported gifts, jewelry and clothes.
A slightly larger version of this market, with much the same stalls, but more, takes place every Sunday in Pollensa Old Town. Try to avoid arriving at midday as it gets crammed. It's at its best early morning when the stall holders have just set up and the sun is low.
Flea markets and artisan fairs take place all over the island, mostly in the mornings. To visit other towns, look out for Manacor on Mondays, Artà on Tuesdays, Sineu and Santanyí on Wednesdays, Inca on Thursdays, and Santa Maria and Consell on Sundays.
Mainly bijou boutiques and eclectic little shops, Pollensa old town is a wonderful place to go shopping. There are gift shops spotted around the square and furniture and design stores in the small cobbled streets that extend from the main plaza. Specialist gourmand and high end delis sell island specialties and fine wines while a myriad of gift shops have everything from teapots to panama hats.
The town is also well stocked in clothes shops, furniture, decor, appliances, lighting etc. And has a large selection of shoe shops with primarily Spanish made leather shoes of varying styles and quality.
Also worth a mention is the wonderful and unique creations of our friend The White Box, which makes limited edition, and ocasionally, one off pieces from fine fabrics, and designs and sells her clothes from a small workshop near the foot of the Calvario steps in Pollensa and now also from her new premises in Santa Catalina in Palma.
A wonderfully hip and friendly capital, Palma could compete with any European city in style while remaining a compact, sea facing Mediterranean port with its own gorgeous beaches, funky nightlife, cathedral, museums and eclectic variety of shops. A self-respecting shopping holidays in Port Pollensa would be incomplete without a visit to Palma de Mallorca.
Shopping in Palma can be divided into several main drags. The main shopping areas are Avenida Jaime III and the Paseo del Borne, with its luxury brands and tiny boutique shops hidden in the cobbled back streets that wind away from the central boulevard.
Then there is the area of Santa Catalina, a hip neighbourhood set around the market of Santa Catalina, where restaurants and cafes from every corner of the world vie for pavement space with concept stores and artist workshops.
You needn't go all the way to Palma for your shopping holidays in Port Pollensa.
Alcudia is the next seaside resort down the coast and much like Pollensa, has an old town and a port.
Shopping in Alcudia Port comprises of a couple of mainstream brand clothes stores, souvenir shops with summer holiday stuff and more upmarket boutiques with an eclectic mix of brazen and beautiful. There is also everything you need for watersports with surf and sail shops.
The old town is a little more varied, with accessories, shoes, bags and cosmetics as well as decor and interior design shops, book stores, hardware and building materials, fashion items and local Mallorca produce filled delis.
For a one-stop-solves-all kind of shopping trip in Mallorca, shopping holidays in Port Pollensa are made easy with a visit to the island's large shopping centres. The nearest one is Festival Park, just past the Inca turn off and the Centro Comercial de Porto Pi on the edge of Palma.